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Best GPU(s) for 5760x1080 BF4 gaming

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December 22, 2013 2:16:03 AM

Hey there,

first of all, here is my rig as it was until three days ago:
CPU: i7-4770k
Motherboard: Asus Z87 Sabertooth
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 780 Windforce Rev. 01
RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133
PSU: Corsair RM1000
SSD 1: Samsung 240 Pro (256GB)
SSD 2: Samsung 240 EVO (128GB)
HDD 1: 500GB Hitachi
HDD 2: Western Digital Red 3TB
Soundcard: Creative Sound Blaster Z
Case: Corsair Obsidian 900D
CPU cooler: NZXT Kraken x60 (currently with Noctua fans)
Displays: 3x Acer H236HL (1920x1080 @ 60Hz)


So, with this setup I was able to play Battlefield 4 with AA and ambient occulusion off and Post AA at medium settings. Everything else was on Ultra and I would get frames in the high 60s.

But since BF4 is the major game I am playing, I wanted to be able to max everything out, so I got myself another GPU: Gigabyte GTX 780 Windforce GHz Edition.

After setting everything up, I noticed I had FPS dropping way below 50 or 40. I checked with GPU-Z only to find out that I was hitting the VRAM wall.

To be able to play it without hitting the wall, I had to put AA to 2x and ambient occlusion to SSAO as well as POST AA to Medium, again.
And I am just not willing to pay 450€ for that little increase in graphics detail.
Also, I was more than surprise to see how much of an impact AA has on two GPUs. It almost seems like it is reducing FPS by 35 PER GPU and per setting!

Now anyway, my plan is now to return the GHz GPU and wait a little and see if EVGA is really going to release a 6GB 780 Ti or I will be getting two R9 290s with custom coolers as soon as they are available over here.


My question for you guys is if you have any other suggestions or ideas on this topic?
(Also: Not getting a Titan! ^^)
December 22, 2013 2:22:20 AM

the 2 r9 290-s are your best choice, yes. they should perform about the same as the ti s and wont cost an arm and leg.
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December 22, 2013 2:56:20 AM

I don´t expect them to perform as good as the Ti´s but they should be on par with my 780s.
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December 22, 2013 3:02:52 AM

the custom cooler versions (sapphire, msi and xfx so far) are getting praises all over the web. they should do better compared to the 780's and somewhere around the ti versions.
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December 22, 2013 3:03:56 AM

Som3one said:


Now anyway, my plan is now to return the GHz GPU and wait a little and see if EVGA is really going to release a 6GB 780 Ti or I will be getting two R9 290s with custom coolers as soon as they are available over here.


My question for you guys is if you have any other suggestions or ideas on this topic?
(Also: Not getting a Titan! ^^)


You had a pretty good system and changing the GPU to a R9-290X is a huge waste of money I would say because both GTX780Ti and R9-290X has the same horse power so upgrading wont make any noticeable difference in performance. R9-290X is a brilliant GPU without any doubt for its price. Since you already have 2 780ti just stick with it and don't mind the occasional fps dips that too still around 40-50 fps:ouch:  range nothing wrong with it. If you cant bare the fps drop and want constant 60+fps reduce the Anti aliasing to 2x will help you to stabilise the framing
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December 22, 2013 3:10:41 AM

I don´t have 780 TIs, I have 780s. Also, I won´t be getting 290x´s, I will (or would) be getting 290s.
Also, the 290s and 290x´s have 4GB of VRAM, so of course there will be a difference.

I definately can´t bare the fps drops. I mean it drops by around 40 FPS. That´s more than noticeable.

Like I said, if I have to reduce AA, I could just stick with one 780.




laviniuc said:
the custom cooler versions (sapphire, msi and xfx so far) are getting praises all over the web. they should do better compared to the 780's and somewhere around the ti versions.

Oh, right. I forgot to take the effect of custom coolers into account.
I suppose the first R9 290 with a custom cooler, that will be available over here will be the Gigabyte Windforce one.
Kinda funny, isn´t it? Switching from a GTX 780 Windforce to a (or two) R9 290 Windforce. ;) 
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December 22, 2013 4:30:37 AM

Also, just another quick question: I´ve heard crossfire had some issues with scaling until AMD released their GeForce Experience pendant.
Anyone can confirm that?
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December 22, 2013 6:27:34 AM

there were some issues, but mostly they are now resolved on the latest catalyst. it wasn't with scaling but with micro stuttering.
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December 22, 2013 6:31:09 AM

Oh, right. Thanks.
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December 25, 2013 5:11:05 AM

Just a little update:
I returned the 2nd 780 to get a refund. (Currently still on the way to the retailer.)

I´ll report back when I decided what to do. Maybe I´ll stick with one 780 and wait for Maxwell or something like.
Also, a 4GB 770 SLI setup would be anoter possibility, too, right?

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December 26, 2013 10:03:15 AM

I just realized how weird this is if I were to stick with NVidia:
- A single 780 or 780 Ti doesn´t have the power nor the VRAM to get me there.
- A single Titan has the VRAM but not the power.
- Two 780´s or 780 Ti´s have the power but not the VRAM.
- Two Titans would do the job but I would have sold a kidney to get them.

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March 12, 2014 6:21:34 PM

Wait till GTX 790 release or get a GTX 690
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